Have you ever had to drive on a familiar route, like on a road that you commute on, but you needed to make a different turn than you're used to doing? If you've ever driven to work when you meant to make a turn and go somewhere else, you've been conditioned! Conditioning can affect a great portion of your life - including your understanding of the Bible. ...continue reading "Conditioning – friend or foe?"

Beliefs are funny things. People believe the strangest things, and the really strange thing is that most beliefs are never challenged. What I've discovered is that when people disagree about the meaning or application of a Bible passage, it nearly always boils down to what they already believe. ...continue reading "Beyond Belief"

I've listened to many sermons teaching that if you're a believer and you're not "bearing good fruit," then God will cut you down and throw you into the fire, which is an obvious metaphor for being sent to hell. ...continue reading "Bear fruit – or Else!"

If you've been around Christians long enough, you'll eventually come across this strange teaching: "God requires obedience—even your very thoughts; You need to bring every one of your thoughts into obedience to be truly right with God."

...continue reading "“Bring every thought into obedience”"

There is an interesting teaching out there that uses John 12:32 to teach that ALL people will be saved. And that makes sense because God loves everyone, so it stands to reason that God would want them all in Heaven. The question is: is it true? ...continue reading "Will ALL people be saved?"

I had lost my car keys... again. I had help looking for them this time, and when we finally found them, my helper jokingly asked the rhetorical question, "Why are they always in the last place you look?" I stopped for a moment, and thought to myself, "Yeah, why is that?" ...continue reading "The Bible, and Looking for Car Keys"

The Bible was not originally written in English. Because of that, there is no "inspired" English translation. If there was, you'd immediately stop seeing new English translations hit the market. So how can we tell which translators "got it right?" Fortunately, with today's modern tools it's easier than you might think. Download your FREE Greek Verb Quick Reference Guide at the bottom of this post. ...continue reading "Understanding Greek Verbs"